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Friday, July 24, 2015

MEXICO DEFEATS COSTA RICA

Sports: Seventy-three thousand fans at MetLife Stadium (Rutherford, NJ) last Sunday night, July 19, and a worldwide audience of millions saw an abhorrent act by fans during the Mexico-Costa Rica CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal game. Comment.

Barbados Tridents lead CPL points table

Trinidad and Tobago: With the six participating teams in the Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents top the points table after 10 games with 12 points. Comment.

Reid’s team debuts in league

Queens: Dave Reid is the head basketball coach of a team in the Lincoln Park area of Queens. His squad, mainly from the South Ozone Park area of Queens, New York, is one of 60 teams competing in the Child’s Play League whose games are contested outdoors at the PS 127 playground in East Elmhurst. Comment.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gwendolyn O’Neil: Ladder of success

Guyana: At 5 am every day the alarm clock sounds and the five-time Boxing World Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil daily devotion begins. Comment.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gayle slams 105 runs in 57 balls

Sports: Chris Gayle played a swashbuckling innings at the Sabina Park Grounds in Jamaica against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2015. Comment.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Windies in tri-series

Caribbean: The West Indies team will participate in a tri-series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Zimbabwe in August and September this year. This was confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in a media release last week following a board of directors quarterly meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados. Comment.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

GOLD CUP

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean teams so far are getting a big kick out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament as three of the four participants — Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago — have qualified for the quarterfinal round. Cuba, hit by several player-defections, was eliminated with a pointless record in its two games, with only Guatemala to play. Comment.

Attention hoop buffs!

Sports: One does not have to be a player to sit among the crowd and catch exciting basketball regardless of age during the hot summer months. The players who compete, especially in the high school division in such a league are capable of being the possible stars of tomorrow. Comment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Winning goal for heroines & FIFA

New York: New York City proved the best venue for showcasing a positive aspect to International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) and the athletic women champions who won their third World Cup recently. Comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

T&T tops Cuba, will advance at Gold Cup

Sports: GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Sheldon Bateau and Andre Boucaud scored goals for Trinidad and Tobago in its 2-0 victory over Cuba on Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Comment.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dwayne Bravo creates history

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo created history when he became both the first Trinidad and Tobago national and first ever cricketer to be nominated in any category in the prestigious ESPY Awards in the USA. Comment.

Knicks strive to move up

New York: Jerian Grant was known to be a scorer for Notre Dame during his four-year college career. He also can play at other positions on the court and be more of putting the ball in the hoop. Comment.

WORLD CHAMPION

Sports: The USA national team became the first to win the Women’s World Cup three times when it defeated defending champion and old nemesis Japan, 5-2, last Sunday in Vancouver, British Colombia. Comment.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Warner hires legal team

Trinidad and Tobago: Former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner has hired a team of attorneys, including British Queen’s Counsel Edward Fitzgerald to fight his extradition to the United States. Comment.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

DERBY DAY

Sports: Last Sunday, June 28, 2015, marks a remarkable day for soccer in the USA. The only two games played on this day – one on the Atlantic Coast and the other on the Pacific Coast – reflect the heights of popularity the game has achieved from coast to coast, from New York to Portland. It is further evidence of soccer’s rapidly growing staying power. Comment.

West Indies in need of a quality Test captain

Sports: Denesh Ramdin’s captaincy may be soon coming to an end after so many ill decisions that caused the team havoc in almost every aspect of captaincy. Former West Indies Test Captain Darren Sammy was not the best of captains either but he had a clever manner in which he created team unity in pursuit of one common goal. Comment.

Nets seek help up front

Sports: In a sense, the sport of basketball is an all-year round activity. With now being summer, the teams belonging to the National Basketball Association already completed its draft of college players. The coaches are already talking about the free agency market to improve their teams. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

DERBY CLASH

Sports: The second edition of the local derby between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC kicks off on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx (5 pm, ESPN2) and adding to the intrigue of this local rivalry is the reversal of fortunes of the MLS teams involved. Comment.

Hoop league in full swing

Sports: Now that the National Basketball Association schedule is over, most of the attention goes on building for next season and the free agent market during the off season. Comment.

Tridents defeat Amazon Warriors

Caribbean: The Caribbean Premier League started in flying colors with the Tridents defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Tridents scored 158 runs for 6 wickets in their 20 overs with captain Kieron Pollard scoring 48 runs from 26 balls. Comment.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bolt wins but unhappy

Sports: Despite being victorious, Jamaican Usain Bolt was disappointed with his New York appearance this time around. All eyes were centered on him to see if he would make a successful come back. Remember, Bolt holds the world record of 19.19 in the 200 meters set in 2009. He wanted to break it, if he could. Comment.

FIFA’S GOOD MOVE

Sports: It’s not all bad news from FIFA, soccer world governing body, embroiled in recent corruption scandals. FIFA’s decision to expand the 2015 Women’s World Cup, presently playing in Canada, from 18 to 24 teams was a good move and proved historical. Comment.

West Indies Cricket in turmoil

Sports: The multiple problems that surround West Indies Cricket continue to expand thus creating a damaging image for the region and the West Indies Cricket Board. Comments (4).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Windies’ Player of the Year

Caribbean: Barbadian off-spinner Sulieman Benn was named West Indies’ Player of the Year for the 2013-2014 season in the West Indies Cricket Board’s annual awards function in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday night, June 10, 2015. Comment.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

USA DEFEATS AUSTRALIA

Sports: The CONCACAF teams at the 2015 Women’s World Cup presently being played in cities throughout Canada turned in good results so far with the USA and Canada getting wins in their opening games. Mexico was unfortunate not to get a win versus Colombia; ditto Costa Rica against Spain. Both had to settle for draws. Comment.

Chanderpaul’s mistreatment

Guyana: Guyana’s new Minister of Sport Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, has described as “distressing” the axing of veteran Guyana and West Indies middle order batsman Shivanarine Chanderpaul from the regional squad for the tour against Australia, which started in Dominica last Wednesday. Comment.

Windies Test captaincy needs an overhaul

Caribbean: West Indies Test Captain Denesh Ramdin is not a decisive and skillfull leader. He falls short on taking important actions when they are needed. Apart from the lousy batting display from the West Indies, the captaincy was so bad in the first Test match in Dominica that it did not help the team. Comment.

Modest heads to state meet

Sports: Uniondale High School’s junior Cleveland Modest qualified to compete in the annual New York State track and field Championships this weekend in upstate Albany. Comment.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Four pacers must be in final eleven

Caribbean: It is quite fitting for the West Indies selectors to include four pacers for the first Test match starting June 3 against Australia at Windsor Park in Dominica. West Indies selectors should take this opportunity and put on show four fast bowlers and assess their performances playing in one team. Comments (1).

Friday, June 5, 2015

USA justice unravels FIFA

Sports: The USA to the rescue — again! It’s ironic that the USA, with its men’s team still trying to find its footing in the world game and which has little influence in the administration of world soccer, is the country that many believe may have just saved the game. Comment.

Junior league in full swing

Sports: This is the time of the year when the youngsters are on the outdoor tennis courts and for the beginers to learn the sport. They try to move up the ladder. Comment.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jamaican Patriot scores touchdown in Super-Bowl

People: Without apologies, Jamaicans are known to toot their own horn. And on Super-Bowl Sunday earlier this year, Jamaicans on the island huddled in clubs, sports bars and private homes to whistle, cheer and applaud throughout the National Football League’s showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Comment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PREFONTAINE CLASSIC

Grenada: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Kirani James won the 400 meters Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic, pulling away from a strong field at Hayward Field. Comment.

Friday, May 29, 2015

WICB engages in public outreach

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will stage a series of town-hall meetings over the next three months across the region as it seeks to engage the public regarding challenges facing the regional game. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FIFA officials,corporate execs indicted

Trinidad and Tobago: A 47-count indictment was unsealed on Wednesday, May 27 in federal court in Brooklyn charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also unsealed on Wednesday. Comment.

Global soccer figures indicted

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Member of Parliament (MP) and Leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner, has been named among several powerful global soccer figures facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dave Cameron overrides Lloyd’s decision

Sports: The veteran Guyanese cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul apparently was not chosen to join the camp in Barbados in preparation for the Test Series against Australia starting Wednesday, June 3 in Dominica. Chanderpaul was not in the camp and indications were that he was not going to be in the squad for the first Test match. Comment.